FARMINGTON — The dean of San Juan College's School of Energy says an expansive building now under construction will give the school's programs worldwide relevance.

Dean Randy Pacheco will make one of more than two dozen presentations scheduled for the 2014 Four Corners Oil and Gas Conference in May.

“The presentation is going to be about our new building,” Pacheco said.

The 45-minute talk is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on May 8. The conference is to be held at McGee Park.

The new approximately 65,000-square-foot School of Energy building is expected to be completed by the end of May 2015.

The two-story building will house labs for specific programs such as natural gas compression, oil and gas production, industrial process operations and more.

Classrooms on the second floor will have windows overlooking the labs, allowing students and staff to follow the activity.

“I think there is a real opportunity to look at the school of energy as a global school,” Pacheco said.

Pacheco said he also wants to show people some of the new classes the school offers and plans to offer in an effort to meet the demands of the energy industry. He said the school will explore new kinds of training to help provide the industry with a qualified workforce.

He also is looking forward to the opportunity to showcase some of the progress the school has made in the past 14 years.

Conference coordinator Jan Tomko said one of the goals of is for participants to make connections with companies outside the Four Corners area. That provides the school a chance to broaden its exposure.

“They get to network with each other and learn from each other,” she said. “There are the bigger corporations” at the conference.

Pacheco said between 150 and 200 students at San Juan College are seeking a degree offered through the School of Energy, while about 5,000 industry professionals enroll in safety classes each year.

Pacheco said he also will talk about the history of the School of Energy.

“Our goal is serving the energy industry,” he said.


Erny Zah is the business editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4638 and Follow him @ernyzah on Twitter.